My mother-in-law has come to stay, and although she is lovely, she’s driving
me up the wall (she talks ALL the time)!
So that I don’t end up looking like Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’, Where
is a good place I can go to just chill out by myself, and get some peace and
quiet? Failing that, where can I buy my bodyweight in Sangsom?!
Desperately-seeking-peace-and-quiet of Chiang Mai
While you certainly could drink yourself into oblivion and that would blank
out the non-stop chatter, imagine the effect it will have when you wake up
with a hangover? Rather than having to face the alternative of being drunk
24 hours a day until she leaves have you considered getting a nice relaxing
spa treatment? Splurge out and get one of those facials/body wraps/massage
deals. You deserve it, after all, it isn’t easy listening to one’s
mother-in-law non-stop. Even if only for a short while!
Mozzies love me
Why do mosquitoes find me so delicious?
Chomped of Chiang Mai
Well, I have heard many different theories about why some people are
naturally more delicious than others from eating too much sugar, to exhaling
more carbon dioxide than others to not eating enough garlic or eating too
Emma has always wondered if mosquitoes have a sense of smell. Some people
swear on taking B1 to keep the mozzies at bay, but a little research on the
old Google has shown that double blind studies where some subjects took a
placebo and others took vitamin B1, the vitamin had no discernible effect.
Apparently, neither does garlic, this only works on blood suckers of the two
legged kind as the only way garlic can be even a teensy bit effective is to
squeeze the juice on your skin, this will keep them at bay for about half an
hour. Eating too many bananas isn’t the source of the problem either as
research has shown that there was no noticeable change in attracting the
pesky bugs after eating bananas.
Bad news is that there has been a link between people who drink beer and
their attractiveness to mosquitoes. The idea being that drinking makes you
flushed and sweat and this is what attracts them, not the pungent odor of
alcohol oozing from your drunken pores.
The best way to repel the little blighters is to cover up, drain any
standing water nearby and use repellent, if you don’t like DEET and want to
go natural the most effective is lemon eucalyptus oil which has been proven
to be more effective than low concentrations of DEET. Citronella candles and
incense can also help to repel these pesky little blood suckers that we
could all do so much better without!
Where is my Prince Charming? Should I go for plastic surgery?
There is no Prince Charming I am afraid, just men with flaws just like us.
Do not get plastic surgery!
I read on a recent inflight magazine that the Koreans are so crazed about
plastic surgery that parents pay for their teenagers to get chin and nose
reconstruction and eyelid surgery as it is believed that better looking
people have a better chance of being successful. And while this may be true
it certainly is extreme to turn yourself into an Asian version of the Barbie
Doll simply to find a man!
Instead, you must believe in yourself! Another magazine I read on the plane
(I think it was Cosmo, in between the wild sex tips and how to get big hair
articles) said that more than anything men find a woman who is confident in
herself to be attractive and sexy. So, ditch the surgery and have a few
drinks, don your sexiest dress and flaunt the attributes that God gave you!
My husband and I just moved to Chiang Mai and while he does nothing more
than look, look he does. His wandering eye is quite embarrassing at times
and I am really not sure how to tell him that it bothers me. Is this a
precursor to him chasing after some young girl half his age or is this
Not my husband’s eye candy
Dear Eye Candy
Well, everyone looks, some people are just more subtle than others. And in
Chiang Mai there is definitely a lot to look at! Personally, I enjoy looking
at the lovely girls and admiring their stylish sense of dress almost as much
as I enjoy looking at the many very handsome young Thai men that populate
this lovely city.
But I can see that if your husband suffers from “swivel neck” ie his head
swivels around so fast that he might get a concussion, you would find that
rather embarrassing. You could consider the old adage “turnabout is fair
play” and do some neck swiveling of your own in a very noticeable way
whenever he is with you. Or you might just say, “honey, can you at least be
subtle when you look at the pretty girls? It’s very humiliating for me to
stand there while you ogle.” Either method may or may not work depending how
much your husband is willing to do.
Is this a precursor to cheating? Not necessarily but if you are already
concerned about trusting your husband and all he is doing is looking then
you need to take a good hard look at what is happening in your marriage
before it gets worse. Emma can recommend a marriage counselor if you think
you need it.